Golden Silver makes most of lucky break
RED-HOT favourite Golden Silver had fortune on his side at Cork, where the Willie Mullins-trained stalwart was left to cruise home in yesterday's Grade Two Hilly Way Chase.
Approaching the final fence, the Tony Martin-trained Osirixamix looked on course for victory as he held a four-length lead, but having jumped superbly under Robbie Moran, the 25/1 outsider ploughed through the last and fell.
Having won this feature contest in 2009 and again last year, Golden Silver started at prohibitive odds of 2/7 but he never travelled like an odds-on shot and his rider Emmet Mullins attributed this to poor jumping.
"He didn't jump at all for me early on," he said. "Osirixamix slipped the field down the back and we had to chase him. I think he was tying up in front and it all came down to the jump at the last."
Noel Meade's Corbally Ghost further enhanced his reputation by taking the Grade Three Cork Stayers Novice Hurdle in the hands of Davy Condon, holding off Best Served Cold by a length and three parts.
The well-backed 5/4 favourite Knockfierna landed the Grade Three EBF Lombardstown Mares Novice Chase in fine style to complete a double for trainer Charles Byrnes and Davy Russell.
Earlier, 4/9 favourite Trifolium made all to take the opening maiden hurdle by 24 lengths to initiate the brace for Byrnes and Russell.